Birth Control

Millions of women in the U.S. use birth control medications and devices to prevent unwanted pregnancy, and to treat other hormone-related health conditions. Oral contraceptives have been available for decades, and have always carried some health risks, but some of the newer birth control medications and devices carry elevated risk of serious injury and death.

Dangerous Birth Control Products

Examples of birth control products which may cause serious injuries or death include:

Blood Clots and Stroke

One of the most common risks associated with oral contraceptives and other combination contraceptive drugs is the chance of forming blood clot and suffering a stroke.

Combination contraceptive contain and estrogen and a progestin. Progestins are synthetic drugs which mimic some of the effects of the hormone progesterone. Third and fourth generation progestins have been linked to an increased risk of blood clots and stroke. So have high doses of estrogen.

These birth control products are often prescribed to young women and teenage girls who are not normally at risk for blood clots, stroke, or other cardiovascular events, so when they occur the symptoms often go overlooked or misinterpreted by victims, their doctors, and emergency medical personnel.

Risks include:

  • Development of blood clots
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – blood clot in the leg
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE) – blood clot that moves to the lungs
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Death

Gallbladder Disease and Removal

Some of the newer birth control drugs have also seen found to cause gallbladder disease, sometimes so severe as to require gallbladder removal. Even after gallbladder removal, many patients still experience the symptoms of gallbladder disease.

IUD Dangers

The intrauterine device (IUD) has long been associated with serious injuries and death. Many women are still familiar with the horrors of the Dalkon Shield in the 1970’s. Today’s IUDs are supposed to be safer, and because they are so convenient, the IUD has made a comeback.

Unfortunately, IUDs are still very dangerous. An IUD is a T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus. Some contain hormones and some do not. The device is meant to be left in place for five years.

Complications which can occur with Mirena IUD include:

  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Migration of the IUD to other body parts requiring emergency surgery to remove it
  • Perforation of other organs
  • Infections and sepsis
  • Infertility
  • Severe cramping and pain

If you have been injured by a birth control medication or device, or if a woman you love has been injured or killed by a defective birth control product, please talk to a birth control injury attorney in your area right away.